Veterans & Service Members

AACRAO recognizes and honors the sacrifices these men and women have made and its members are proud to assist them and meet their educational needs. Veterans and students on active military duty and their families face special circumstances and challenges.

Changes in federal statute and executive actions have greatly promoted the expansion of services toward veterans and their families. Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was passed in 2009, close to 1 million veterans, service members, and eligible dependents have taken advantage of the educational benefits available to them. With the passage of more recent legislation, such as the Forever GI Bill in 2017 and the Isakson Roe and THRIVE Acts in 2021, there will be significant changes to military education benefits over the coming years.


Latest Actions

AACRAO recently hosted a webinar to discuss the implementation of veteran legislation passed in December 2020, also known as the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act. This law will have a transformative effect on the mission of Education Service to provide ready access to, and timely and accurate delivery of, education benefits to Veterans, Service members, and their families, as well as further enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to empower GI Bill beneficiaries to achieve their vocational and career goals.

Other recent legislation introduced in both the House and Senate include important provisions to help ensure veterans can continue to receive their education benefits as well as technical corrections to the legislation passed last year.


Ashford U. Approved for GI Bill Funds

Feb 20, 2020, 13:01 PM
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Summary : Feds approve online institution's eligibility for continued access to GI Bill funds, the latest in a long-running saga over the school's access to veterans education benefits.
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently approved Ashford University's eligibility for continued access to GI Bill funds, the latest in a long-running saga over the school's access to veterans education benefits, according to Politico.

The agency, "acting in its capacity as the California State Approving authority, has conducted a thorough review of Ashford University's application" and approved 71 of 91 programs at Ashford for GI Bill eligibility. The VA, in a statement, said it approved Ashford on Feb. 14, but "declined to approve 20 programs that were either in the process of being voluntarily discontinued by Ashford or failed to meet one or more of the statutory requirements for approval."

"There will be no immediate impact to the estimated 250 students enrolled in the 20 programs that were not approved in this decision because those programs currently remain approved by the Arizona State Approving Agency," the VA said.

Ashford University, a primarily online institution based in California, is the nation's 13th-largest recipient of GI Bill funds, according to VA data.

The state of California previously challenged Ashford's eligibility for GI Bill funds after trying to rebuff efforts by the online university to obtain approval to enroll veterans using the GI Bill, reported Politico. State officials said they declined to act on the application because the state's attorney general has accused the school of defrauding students as part of an ongoing lawsuit.

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Michelle Mott
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  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Online and Distance Learning
  • State Relations
  • Veterans and Service Members
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